All too often horses are provided little prior exposure to clipping, are expected to stand quietly for a two-hour body clip, and are punished if they fail.
Grooming a horse well is about far more than just elbow grease; it reveals a lot about the overall professionalism of the barn.
Three of Canada’s top saddle fitters share the three saddle fitting concerns they confront most frequently and possible solutions for them.
Professional show horse groom Denielle Gallagher-LeGriffon shares her grooming routine, with handy tips and tricks to make your horse look his best.
Full body clipping is most often given to horses that will be competing year-round and need to be presented in ring-ready condition at all times.
In a recent study of 1,326 horses in the UK, 91% of owners reported that their mounts exhibited some sort of regular behaviour problem under saddle.
For supplies, just as with mane braiding you will need a bucket, sponge, scissors, pull-through, 2-12′ and one 3′ length of matching yarn and a stepstool.
If you are willing to put in the time, braiding your own horse is an excellent way to save money and you will have a great sense of accomplishment.
For those who think braiding requires little work, Natalie Gascho’s advice is frank. ‘Make sure you aren’t afraid to work no matter what,’ she cautions.